USA Today picks Denver's top ten foodie spots -- but eat fast!

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Chef Jen Jasinski has made Rioja one of Denver's top five tourist attractions.
Last week USA Today came out with its "10 Best Foodie Spots in Denver." But you'd better move fast if you want to hit two of them: D Bar is closing this coming weekend in anticipation of a move, and Restaurant Kevin Taylor is closing for good at the end of March. And two others -- the Cherry Creek Farmer's Market and Civic Center Eats -- are on hiatus until spring and summer, respectively. Keep reading for Denver's other six "hottest dining spots and underground favorites" -- at least according to USA Today.

See also:
Restaurant Kevin Taylor closing at Hotel Teatro

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Here are the six USA Today picks that are actually open, and the paper's descriptions:
Central Bistro
Dotted with vintage pieces from Denver's past, Central Bistro is a true community eatery. Its famous "HOT" sign frames the kitchen entrance - a relic from the once great Regency Hotel where both Elvis and the Pope spent a Denver night. The Central Street restaurant offers patrons unpretentious gourmet dishes and a long list of American whiskeys to enjoy alongside their unobstructed views of the city skyline.

Denver Biscuit Company
An inventive take on traditional biscuits and gravy, Denver Biscuit Company and its famous food cart, The Biscuit Bus, has brought Southern breakfast to Denver in a very buttermilk-way. Try the hearty Franklin breakfast sandwich, stacked high with fried chicken, Tender Belly bacon, cheddar cheese and topped off with sausage gravy. Or, to satisfy your sweet tooth, dig in to their Strawberry Shortcake, biscuit-style.

Root Down
Truly embodying their "field to fork" philosophy, Root Down serves up dishes made with organic, natural and local ingredients. Its dynamic menu is updated with seasonal ingredients, and even features vegetables out of the sustainable eatery's own urban garden. Featuring truly global cuisine, patrons can choose from dishes such as Roasted Kashmiri Chicken and Lemon Ricotta Gnocchi, or grab a happy hour drink Monday-Friday from 4:30-7 p.m.

Lao Wang Noodle HouseCome early and expect a wait at Lao Wang Noodle house. Owned by a husband and wife duo, the pair prepares and serves their mouthwatering pot-stickers and soup dumplings to hungry patrons. Don't leave without trying the Lao Wang Lager, brewed exclusively for the restaurant with the same secret spices that give Lao Wang specialties their unforgettable flavor.

TAG
Grab your closest friends and a bright red booth at Tag for an interactive dining experience. Described as Continental Social Food, Tag's globally-inspired eats are meant to share. Embark on a culinary adventure with fresh, and sometimes raw, innovations such as Taco Sushi or Miso Black Cod with edamame salsa.

Rioja
Rioja has it all: Best Chef Southwest award-winner Jennifer Jasinski behind the helm, the perfect Larimer Square location, delectable Mediterranean dishes made with the freshest, local ingredients, including hand-made pastas. It's no wonder it is ranked as one of Denver's top restaurants year after year and a top 5 tourist attraction in the city. Needless to say, reservations are recommended.

What do you think of USA Today's picks? What would you include on a list of Denver's top foodie destinations?


Location Info

Central Bistro & Bar

1691 Central St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Denver Biscuit Company

3237 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Root Down

1600 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lao Wang Noodle House

945 S. Federal Blvd., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

TAG

1441 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Rioja

1431 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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16 comments
Jen Ant
Jen Ant

Fact checking - it's a beautiful thing.

Todd A Lemley
Todd A Lemley

Does anybody still read USATODAY? I can see why most people don't.

Suzanne Beranek
Suzanne Beranek

I agree with several on the list. Love Central Bistro and Root Down especially!

Lindsay Allen
Lindsay Allen

Lame, I agree. I don't know why everyone flips over Rioja. I thought it was way expensive and just okay. Meh.

Lance King
Lance King

More "crackerjack" reporting from a newspaper known for its journalism. And, a mostly lame list. No surprise.

Butch Buckley
Butch Buckley

Misinformation at it's best! Day late and a dollar short. Nice reporting.

cardboardcowboy
cardboardcowboy

You know what Troy Guard is best at? Getting punched in the face. 

Denver Dave
Denver Dave topcommenter

Seriously?  Lao Wang?  Not wishing the old couple any ill will but that's not my idea of iconic Denver foodie dining plus it really needs a thorough hosing down - eek. 

RustyShackleford
RustyShackleford

@Denver Dave What do you expect from a Gannett media outlet, for cryin' out loud?

Much like News Corpse/Faux News, any resemblance to actual facts is entirely accidental...

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